Glendale was too much for Hickman and Rock Bridge on Friday, winning all but five races.
Glendale defeated Hickman 122-61 and Rock Bridge 127-56 at Hickman High.
Parkview also competed in the meet, losing to Hickman 142-19 and Rock Bridge 125-26.
“(Glendale has) a really good, top-end group of guys,” said John Hamilton, Hickman and Rock Bridge coach.
Three Hickman’s wins were state qualifying times. John Willett won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:06.46 and the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:01.46. Willett had previously qualified for the state meet in these races, but his times Friday were better. A faster qualifying time means a better seed.
Jacob Adams won the 500-yard freestyle in 5:08.07 dropping his qualifying time by about four seconds.
Ryan Hallsted won the 50-yard freestyle in 24.36. Two Glendale swimmers tied for second in 24.37. Hallsted usually finishes second or third, according to Hamilton.
Glendale won the 200-yard medley relay but Hickman’s Andrew Heath, Willett, Adams and Hallsted placed second and qualified for the state meet in 1:48.77.
“I’m very pleased with that,” Hamilton said.
Hamilton said he wanted Hickman and Rock Bridge to qualify in the medley relay but said that Rock Bridge’s starts and exchange times were off.
“The Rock Bridge team is capable of really putting together some good relays,” Hamilton said. “It just didn’t quite click today.”
Rock Bridge’s best finish was second in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The Bruins are new to swimming. This is the sixth year Rock Bridge has had a program.
“Their future has a bright star shining on it,” Hamilton said.
Rock Bridge shone Friday in the 1-meter diving competition that began the meet. Nik Roetemeyer dominated with a score of 228.40. He has previously qualified for the state meet with several scores above the needed 215.